The Czech medal tally at the Summer Olympics in Beijing hits five; Emmons earns a 2nd medal in shooting while other Czechs feature strong on water, bringing two silver; Hilgertová capsizes in Women’s K1 kayak to finish disappointing 9th; in the domestic football league Sparta tie unexpectedly with Olomouc.
Emmons takes second medal in shooting
The Summer Olympic Games in Beijing are continuing well for the Czech Republic, with a medal tally of five – two Gold and three Silver – putting the country in 17th place in the overall nation standings.
Last Thursday, shooter Kateřina Emmons, won her second medal of the games. Following her gold in the 10 m rifle, she won silver in the women’s 50 metre Three-Position event. But Kateřina’s husband Matthew Emmons, on the US Olympic team, was less fortunate: just like four years ago in Athens, he lost almost-certain gold, this time by flubbing his last shot in the men’s 50 Metre Rifle Three-Positions. Four years ago in Athens he also led in competition and had gold all but wrapped up, only to hit the wrong target. This time, like the last, his wife Kateřina watched in disbelief:
“I can’t believe that this could happen twice. I really feel sorry for him. Both times at the Olympics! I think there must be some hidden reason for this to happen twice! On the other hand, the fact that he can take one poor shot and still finish 4th overall means he’s a very fine shooter!”
Czech consolation for her American husband from Kateřina Emmons. Both are convinced something good will come out of the loss: it did last time. It was after his mistake in Athens that Emmons first met Kateřina, then named Kurková, who he later married.
Double canoe, single scull
More medals to come?
Other hopefuls in the coming days will include two Czech specialists in BMX and one competition many of course will be looking forward to will be the decathlon featuring defending gold medal champion Roman Šebrle.
Football: Sparta ties with Olomouc
In other matches, Bohemians downed Kladno 3:1, Plzeň tied Slavia 1:1 and Brno, topping the table after three games, tied Ostrava in a scoreless match-up.